Pokemon Go Trainers have a limited amount of time to encounter a Shiny Meltan when using a Mystery Box.
Niantic has announced that they will be hosting a special event which will allow Pokemon fans to add the special Pocket Monster to their collection this week.
When you open the Mystery Box from February 5 until March 4 at 11:59 p.m. PST, there will be the chance to encounter a shiny Meltan afterwards.
It isn’t completely guaranteed but the odds will be high for those who open a Pokemon Mystery Box during this time.
The new event is part of the Lunar New Year celebrations which is currently ongoing on Android and iOS.
Here’s the latest news from Niantic, who confirm: “The Shiny version of the Mythical Pokémon Meltan has been discovered! Just in time to celebrate the Lunar New Year, the Shiny version of Meltan will appear for a limited time.
“A Mythical Pokémon, the mysterious and rare Meltan only appears when a Mystery Box is opened. If you’re lucky, you may encounter Shiny Meltan when you open the Mystery Box from February 5 at 1 p.m. PST until March 4 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
“During this special event, the time that you have to wait before you can open the Mystery Box again will be reduced to three days. Be careful, Trainer! If you open the Mystery Box before this event starts, you will have to wait the usual time period before you can open it again.
“Don’t miss this unique opportunity to bring Shiny Meltan into your GO Park or evolve it into Shiny Melmetal! Best of luck in discovering a rare form of this recently discovered Mythical Pokémon.”
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As mentioned by Niantic above, Pokemon Go players may encounter the Shiny version of the Mythical Pokémon Meltan during this limited time event, however, the time you have to wait before you can open the Mystery Box again will be reduced.
The only problem is that many Trainers may not be able to open a Mystery Box because they don’t own a Nintendo Switch.
Mystery Boxes are earned by transferring Pokemon between Pokemon Go and Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu.
This is usually limited to just one Mystery Box per week, however, that time limited is being dropped to once every three days.
It should also be noted that any Shiny Meltan grabbed from a Mystery Box can be transferred to Pokemon Let’s Go on Nintendo Switch.